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Summary: Katie Woo's dog Goldie has just died. Katie is very upset, as Goldie had been her best friend all her life. Katie and her friends were sad, but when they started sharing stories about Goldie, they got happier. Then they decided to create a scrapbook of memories. The theme in this book for new readers is understanding loss.
Type of Reading: family reading, independent reading, read aloud book, learning to read, illustrated chapter, developing reader
Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 5 to 9
Reading Level: 2.6
Young Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Adult Reader Reaction: Because of the topic, I pre-screened this story. This is a special book for a special time. Although some kids won't be upset by it, others (like my daughter) could very easily be saddened. The author does an excellent job showing how Katie and her friends looked beyond their tears to remember good things. I especially like that young readers who want to mourn on their own can read this by themselves.
Pros: Losing a pet can be hard on a child, and this book helps kids understand and move past sadness.
Cons: Goldie dies on the second page. You might want to "walk" through the book and look at the pictures first before you dive in reading.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow if you are just trying to help your child understand the feelings that come with death. If you have an older pet and young children, then I would buy. This is a book that you will likely read together and they will also use for comfort.
Educational Themes: Although this is a chapter book, it is a story you'll want to read in one sitting. The idea for a scrapbook may be just what you need to help your child through their loss. The author provides discussion questions and writing prompts to help you, too. There is also a glossary in the back, though most readers would know the meaning of the words.
Notes: A Reading Tub® volunteer submitted this review. This is from her personal library.
Literary Categories: Fiction - easy reader series, animal characters, death and loss
Date(s) Reviewed: November 2010, July 2014
Other Reviews: No Critics Reviews found; see reader feedback at amazon.com.